Driving report Lada Vesta luxury Welcome to the modern age

Welcome to the modern age

Lada – the stand up until the advent of Dacia for Germany's cheapest new cars and especially for the all-terrain vehicle classic Niva (now in a simple 4×4). The models from the distant Russia, a certain backwardness stuck. This should now be final. Vesta is called Ladas step in the modern era, desingt by no Less a person than Ex-Mercedes - Volvo-man Steve Martin.

A 4.41 meters long Limousine with fluently designed saloon that looks pleasing to striking has come. The latter is based on two concise side corrugations, between their sharp bows, and an "X". the motif can be found in the Form of large chrome braces between the main and fog lights as well as the approach also in the interior. Here, Steve Martin has found his very own language of form, for Russia's largest domestic auto manufacturer, in the meanwhile, Renault's Director. The neighbor, the "Premium" drives, the car chic. Only the wheels look a little lost in the large wheel wells, he says.

© Auto media portal.NetLada Vesta. Even after 6750 miles, the typical Lada new car smell still hangs a little in the (indoor)air. Otherwise, Vesta reminds in and around the Lada just a little earlier Lada-times. The height - and width-adjustable steering Wheel with control buttons is ergonomically well in the Hand and feels good in the relevant areas is also good. The adjustable centre armrest, a could still, two snap-in steps more to the top and is directed in the last, easily sloping Position, especially on the handle, sympathetic shift lever.

The automated Five-speed manual transmission requires some capacity for suffering. Stronger than the typical "Nod" of the vehicle during the switching operation, the deceleration is still noticeable. Also, to some extent, self-learning System might want to switch more often and faster. So it can happen during Start-up, the Lada Vesta whines in first gear for quite a while due to a Tempo-30-Zone. Practice the LOB of the accelerator pedal reduces the negative effects of the transmission significantly. And at a pinch can be gripped quickly with the manual help to show the electronics, where the Barthel gets the Most. Since 50 km/h are suddenly in fifth gear.

As long as the Lada Vesta is moving in the normal speed range on the highway, the sufficiently powerful 1.6-litre engine acoustic little and hangs well on the Gas. Only above 3000 Rpm it is a bit in a teasing mood. Beyond 110 km/h the drive, however - and especially wind noise at the front roof-rail but audible. The steering speaks from the center position relatively quickly. It offers plenty of feedback. The suspension is away from home due to the country's increasingly poor roads. The habit has tendencies to Lada the Lada Vesta is also the usual clipping.

The suspension is for a vehicle of the brand in a surprisingly neutral. The Central Instrument is the speedometer with trip computer that displays up to four pieces of information at the same time. Left and right he is flanked by the deep tubes, plug the ends of semi-circular tachometer and the fuel/temperature display. All the Ads feature a little rough, but colorful scale. The heated front seats (lumbar support for the driver) provide more support than it seems at first glance. Of course, this price is dominated in a car class is hard plastic, wherein the optically clear air. The flavor is a little idiosyncratic in appearance to the marbled, the depositors in the inside of the door and above the glove compartment.

Not the climate control or from a Russian production navigation system in the Lada a miracle, but the touch screen, including a good definition rear view camera and Bluetooth hands-free and cruise control. Even a front window heating Lada Vesta. Speaking of Navigation: it is initially limited to Germany and provides for a slight Smile. Changes of direction are not equal to a change of direction, it depends on the direction. It says "in 200 meters turn left", to the right, however, odd way to correctly "turn". And the achievement of this objective means the "end of Route".

Strength of at least 1.76 meters wide, Vesta is the lush space in the rear. This applies to both head - and legroom and thigh support. With 480 litres of boot capacity and split fold-down rear seat backs, the Vesta shows that it must be not necessarily always a hatchback model (even Audi has discovered the A3 Yes, in the meantime, the saloon again). The whole of take out, such as the Lada Granta, the seat can no longer be.

With nearly 12 500 euros for the basic version and only 1760 euros more for the driven Top model "luxury", as well as five years warranty of Vesta in the light of the space available and the equipment price is attractive. A hook the car yet: Front, although there are head and side airbags, but rear passengers. At the end of the year, Lada wants to push the Lada Vesta combo. One may be curious whether the Russians are also arriving in terms of model announcement and the actual introduction to the market in modern times. (ampnet/jri)

Technical Data Of Lada Vesta Luxury Aut.

Length x width x height (in m): 4.41 x 1.76 x 1.50 in Wheelbase (m): 2,64 Engine: R4, 1596 CC Power: 78 kW / 106 PS at 5800 U/min Max. Torque: 148 Nm at 4,200 U/min Maximum speed: 180 km/h Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h: 12,8 sec. ECE average fuel consumption: 6.1 litres CO2 emissions: 138 g/km Efficiency Class: D (Euro 6) Empty weight / payload: min. 1260 kg / max. 410 kg Trunk volume. 480 liters Max. Towing capacity: 900 kg Ground clearance: 178 mm Tyres: 185/65 R15 Price: 14 250 EUR